Mar 5, 2009
Studies of harmful effects of secondhand smoke continue to stack up
If it wasn’t depressing enough that deadly secondhand smoke causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia and non-fatal diseases, such as asthma, inner ear infections and other afflictions in non-smokers, but a report just released shows non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are more than twice as likely as those not exposed to have major depression.
The American Psychosomatic Society released the study Wednesday at their annul meeting in Chicago. According to a report in USA Today, It’s the first U.S. study tying secondhand smoke to depression. Another study in Japan came up with a similar conclusion, buy unlike the Japanese research, this study actually confirmed exposure to smoke by measuring cotinine — a chemical that occurs in blood after breathing in smoke.
The scientific studies on the harmful effects on secondhand smoke continue to pile up, and hopefully it will be enough to spur Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and Speaker Andy Dillon to discharge the indoor smoking ban bills, including bars and restaurants, to be discharged from Committee and voted on the floor.